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Down the Drugstore AisleWho sez I only buy/use makeup that pave the way to bankruptcy? (!!!) Deep down, I’m a sucker for budget buys, too. Nothing excites me more than discovering treasures in the drugstore aisles that cost 10x less than high-end. Especially when, upon using, you learn that they work equally as well as their counterparts (with some even outperforming them exxxys). In this post, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on a few of those drugstore products I tried and — loved, liked or wasn’t particularly crazy about.
EYESFS Cosmetics Eyeshadow Singles (review). During one of my drugstore dashes, I chanced upon these singles that were on sale for Php150 each, instead of Php195. Though the textures of the shades vary — there are a select few that were smoother and have above average color pay-off than the rest. They come in a whopping amount of 4 grams, too! Not that I’ve ever finished a single eyeshadow pan in my lifetime yet, but talk about bang for your buck. Overall, love. But a very selective kind of love when it comes to FS eyeshadows in general. Essence Mono Eyeshadow in Party All Night. Spent a good 20 minutes in an Essence counter swatching all their products and stumbled upon this beautiful golden taupe shade in the process. Some of the Essence shadows were poorly pigmented and quite dry or super powdery but like FS cosmetics, there are some gems to be found as well. Party All Night is creamy with a satin-y sheen and catches light beautifully. Downside is, it may be a little too creamy as it accentuates my crepe-y lids. Avon Supershock Mascara. I find this volumizing, but not in a major VA-VA-VOLUME kind of way. It stays put all day without smudging or transferring, which I like. Plus, removal is easy and won’t leave you panda-eyed. Downside is it doesn’t hold my curls all that well.
BASESRevlon Nearly Naked Foundation*. A lightweight, medium coverage liquid foundation that sets to a velvety finish. It doesn’t have a pump so that’s the downside (but then if that’s what keeps it at an affordable price, I won’t complain more) and it moves around a bit before it finally sets. It also gets cakey when built up more than it should be. Longevity is good but not great — I usually go with a primer beneath and setting powder on top to improve wear time. Overall, for its price point, it’s a good foundation but nothing amazing. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I find this a tad more pigmented than NARS, but a bit more drying while at it. For Php 299 though, this is a heavy duty concealer you can’t go wrong with.
CheeksEllana Minerals Blush Duo in Light Roast and Butter Rum Coffee*. Ahhh, a very affordable option for instant Kardashian cheekbones. I’ve professed my love for this on one too many posts already so I’ll stop. Finely milled, easily blendable. I can’t recommend this no-brainer contouring/highlighting duo, especially for those intimidated by the thought of it. Tony Moly Crystal Blusher in Bronze Brown. Bought this bronzing blush way back and I found it a wee bit orange-y so I don’t contour or bronze with it, I wear it as a blush instead. This won “Best Bronzer” in a top Korea beauty show called “Get it Beauty”. So maybe it works as a bronzer/contour for the really pale-skinned. Quality is really good, though. I find it smooth and easily blendable, with lasting power of well over 6 hours.
BrowsMaybelline Fashion Brow Mascara*. I’ve loved this brow mascara since I first received it and my love just grows and grows each day I wear it. The wand makes coating the brow hairs easily and it deposits just the right amount of tint on them as well. I can’t think of any downsides for this product, to be honest. I’m even thinking of buying backups. Majolica Majorca Brow Customize (not in photo). A twist-up brow pencil that does the job of filling in brows in a very soft, subtle way. It doesn’t register stark at all, so Frida Kahlo brows are out of the picture. Also, you can just buy the refill when you’ve finished up your first one.
LipsRevlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipsticks. I find these really easy to wear for every day, as well as in a formula that doesn’t dry out my lips. Those looking for pigmentation will not find it in these, though as these are very sheer. That’s it for this version of Budget Beauty, folks! I’ve a few more drugstore goodies to share, but I’m keeping it to 10 products at a time because I don’t want to put any of you to sleep (unless it’s bedtime and you’re feeling bouts of insomnia, then I’m here to help! LOL).
Any favorite drugstore gems to share? Please leave them in the comments!
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